After the accident I lost just about everything I’d worked so hard for, and loved, as well I lost the ability to truly drive a car, to drive with two hands on the wheel… and with that, gone was ‘The Dream’ I’ve had for 20 years of one day competing in the Targa Tasmania with my son.
Such an event demands 110% from the driver – even able-bodied drivers fail miserably with the gruelling demands of the Targa. It’s sink or swim but at the very least, having two hands on the wheel is a MUST… not a luxury!
Sadly, medical science couldn’t help me with ‘The Dream’ and I had to let it go, with all the rest. But today, technology has saved ‘The Dream’. Now with the world’s first ever “Fly By Wire” hand controls, I can drive a car again, really drive again, fast and safely with two hands on the wheel!
It’s going to be a bumpy ride, but it’s going to happen!
Dreams CAN come true. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt after all of this, it’s that we have to go out and chase our dreams, you can’t sit back and wait for them to come to you. Life is too short!!
This dream finally will come true!
So come with us, mates, and lend a hand to the Sporting Wheelies!
Paraplegic Alan Hammer is a man on a mission – to help people with disabilities lead active, healthy lives and achieve their sporting dreams.
Hammer is aiming to raise $100,000 for Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, a not-for-profit organisation that provides sport, recreation, fitness and rehabilitation services for people with a disability in his home state of Queensland, Australia.
But Hammer is planning to make history in the process.
Hammer has his sights set on competing in the famous Targa Tasmania rally in 2015, driving a customised 2013 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and using the latest high-tech ‘fly by wire’ satellite accelerator – the first Targa competitor to use this ground-breaking wireless hand control technology for drivers with spinal cord injury.
“A spinal cord injury is a life-changing injury, but I want to show what people with disabilities can achieve if they have access to innovative products, services and support,” says Hammer.
“Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association helped me to get fit, healthy and active after my accident, which made a huge difference to my physical recovery and my outlook on life. This is my chance to give something back, and make sure that other people with disabilities get the same chance that I did.”
The money raised will help people with life-changing injuries and disabilities. It will help to fund the Association’s rehabilitation and fitness services for people with disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, to maximise their physical recovery and mental wellbeing. It will also be used to deliver specialised sports programs so that they have the opportunity to keep active, live life to the full and achieve their personal best.
Hammer and his young son Baxter plan to contest two lead-up events to prepare for the 2015 Targa Tasmania rally – Round 2 of the 2014/2015 Australian Targa Championships in November 2014 and Targa Hellyer Gorge in February 2015. They will use these lead-up events to promote Hammer’s fundraising mission and help raise awareness about spinal cord injury.